Fizzy Apples & Tea




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I've always enjoyed dipping things into other, wetter things and a few years ago I made an amazing discovery. Dropping apple slices into a cup of tea creates little fizzy bubbles and adds flavor to both the apples and the tea. This is a great snack-drink for autumn apple season, and also the other seasons.

Step 1: Supplies

1. A couple crunchy, sweet apples. My go-to is usually Fuji apples.

2. Spices. I use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. You could also use whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, and maybe a cardamom pod.

3. Loose black tea. Teabags work, too. My mother-in-law gave me some delicious French Damman tea called 4 Fruits Rouges, but I've also used regular English Breakfast from Trader Joe's.

4. Small saucepan with lid (not pictured).

5. Peeler.

6. Chopping knife.

7. Teapot & cups (not pictured).

Step 2: Prep the Apples

Peel the skins into the saucepan and set the apples aside. Add the spices. I go heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg and cloves, but this is up to your personal preference and very hard to get wrong.

Step 3: Cook the Peels

Add a couple cups of water to the peels and spices and set the saucepan on medium flame. Cover once the steam begins to rise and cook for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Chop the Apples

The key here is to maximize the surface area to volume ratio, so that the apples produce more fizz once dropped in the tea. Cut long, thin slices.

Step 5: Make the Tea

Rinse the teapot with boiling water to prep it for the tea. Add the tea leaves and pour the apple peel mixture into the pot. You can always add more tea or boiling water if you want to make a fuller pot.

Step 6: Add the Apples

Drop in the apple slices and watch them fizz. I like to fish them out and eat them as I'm drinking the tea.



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    10 Discussions

    awesome! i love tea and apples, both i love making tea even though im just 10 years old and i think this combination of apples+tea is epic! cinnamon is my favorite thing in the world and i love em with apples and this thing is FANTAFABULOUS!!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I need to remember this for late autumn when I need something warm, because it looks delicious!


    4 years ago

    I also enjoy dipping things into other wetter things!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This would be featured if you cropped that main image a bit tighter. :D This looks awesome, but the thumbnail makes the apples and cup look sooo tiny while browsing the site.

    What teas work best? And, for that matter, which apples? Granny Smiths and Sleepytime? Cinnamon and Fuji? Earl Grey and crabapples? Oolong and grapples?

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction


    I haven't done extensive testing to figure out the best combinations but I have found that Granny Smiths don't fizz nearly as well as others. Pink Ladies do nicely. Green, black, and oolong teas haven't done me wrong. Sometimes even mint.

    You can even skips steps 2 & 3 and just drop your sliced apples directly into some tea.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Featured! Perhaps an organic chemistry expert can weigh in with an explanation for the varying effervescence of apples in tea. There's a grant for that somewhere, I'm sure.